Freshman Wrap Up Indiana Sire Stakes Finals at Hoosier

ANDERSON, Ind.—October 23, 2013—Hoosier Park Racing & Casino played host to a pair of $40,000 Indiana Silver Sire Stake finals on Wednesday, October 23 as the freshman trotters highlighted the 14-race card for the culmination of their Sire Stakes season.

 

Highlight As and Ed Hensley swept the second round of the Indiana Silver Sire Stakes and extended their win streak to five with a win in the $40,000 Indiana Silver Sire Stakes for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Using his customary late charge, Highlight As was able to track down horses late in the lane and score the victory in a lifetime best performance of 1:57.3.

 

Unhurried from the gate, Hensley placed Highlight As along the rail in fifth while the battle for early position ensued. Brad Hanners sent the bettors’ choice, Sandy Ztam to the front and they dictated fractions of :28.3 and :58.3 before ever being contested. Domitian Hall and Pete Wrenn benefitted from a pocket trip while Lou Man and Sam Widger were next in third. Sandy Ztam relaxed on the front and continued to lead the field through the three-quarter clocking in 1:28.1 as the rest of the field closed in around the final.

 

Sandy Ztam was able to hold off a charge from the pocket sitting Domitian Hall but Highlight As loomed large in the background. Using a :28.4 final panel, Highlight As powered home to put a nose in front of Lou Man at the wire. Sandy Ztam held on gamely to finish third. As the publics’ second choice, Highlight As returned $6.80 to his backers at the window.

 

“He has been a fun colt to drive all season,” Hensley noted after the race. “He is a colt that loves to track down horses in the lane and the trip worked out for us tonight. I wanted to avoid trouble and I knew if we were close around the last turn he would be good in this field of horses tonight.”

 

Sired by In Dix Huit, Highlight As has now won seven of eight seasonal starts while bankrolling $44,653 for his connections at ACL Stuteri. The homebred freshman is trained by Annette Lorenzton.

 

Baby Steps and Tyler Smith used the same late surging tactics to score in the $40,000 Indiana Silver Sire Stakes final for two-year-old filly trotters in 1:59.3. The freshman filly extended her win streak to two after a win in the last preliminary Indiana Silver Sire Stakes leg at Hoosier Park on October 16.

 

Leaving from post five, Baby Steps settled along the rail in third while Swanslittlelady and Sam Widger left alertly to land on top through the opening panel in :28.1. The top pair yielded the lead to Sack Full of Money and Pete Wrenn down the backside and they dictated splits of :58.4 and 1:28.3.

 

As the field turned for home, Swanslittlelady pulled from the pocket and matched strides with the leader. Smith, using a well timed rally, tipped his filly off the rail and she responded to power home a winner. Swanslittlelady held on gamely to finish second while Earls Dixie Darlin and Trace Tetrick rallied from well off the pace to finish third. Baby Steps returned $7.80 to her backers at the window.

 

Trained by Dan Perdue, Baby Steps has now won three of six lifetime starts while amassing $30,152 for her connections at Sage Knoll Farm. Sired by Keystone Savage, the freshman filly was bred by Michael Bardo.

Record Breaking Meet in the Making at Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.—October 22, 2013—At a time when most tracks consider the status quo to be a great accomplishment when it comes to maintaining handle, Hoosier Park has bucked the trend with a sensational all-sources handle increase of 27% through the first 140 days of the meet. Building on the successes of the 2012 Standardbred season, Hoosier Park’s 20th season of live harness racing continues to produce encouraging gains on all fronts.

 

With a renewed focus on fresh marketing efforts, facility enhancements, specialty wagers, and an increase in overall quality of racing, Hoosier Park has been grabbing the attention of bettors throughout the country.

 

In its’ 20th season of live harness racing, Hoosier Park is in the midst of its’ fastest season to date. Hoosier Park’s track surface continues to sizzle as 24 track records have been re-established this season. Uncle Peter recently lowered the overall track record for older horses on the trot to 1:52.3 in the $230,000 Centaur Trotting Classic on Saturday, September 21. Drivers like Ed Hensley, Tyler Smith and Trace Tetrick have been leading the way. Smith also reached harness racing history at Hoosier Park as he become the youngest driver to record 1,000 career wins at 20 years-old.

 

“The track has been phenomenal this season,” Smith noted. “The horses have responded really well to the new surface and I think it shows in the number of track records we’ve seen this year. Hoosier Park has done a great job of not only promoting the sport but promoting me as well. It has been a pleasure to race here all season.”

The 2013 meet has also seen horses like the 2012 Pacer of the year and World Champion, Captaintreacherous, world record holder, A Rocknroll Dance, and the 2013 Dan Patch Invitational winner Bolt The Duer, visit the Hoosier Park winner’s circle.

Fresh off his win in the 2013 Breeders Crown, Captaintreacherous heads the list of nominations for the 2013 edition of the $250,000 Monument Circle pace for three-year-old colts and geldings slated for Friday, November 1 at Hoosier Park.

“These results have really exceeded my most optimistic expectations,” Hoosier Park’s Vice President and General Manager of Racing, Rick Moore noted. “It’s almost unheard of in this day and age for a track to post double digit increases, especially for a meet stretching from Spring to Fall. We would like to thank everyone involved in our successes, most importantly our partnership with the Indiana Standardbred Association, our horseman, our drivers and our customers for their contributions to making this our most successful meet to date.”

Live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule, with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m. The 160-day, all harness racing meet began on April 2 and will be conducted through November 9.

Hoosier Park, Animal Protection League Spearhead Community Initiative

Local Coupon Booklet Aimed to Benefit Animal Protection League, Build Awareness

 

ANDERSON, Ind. – Oct. 17, 2013 – Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will host the Animal Protection League (APL) “Night at the Park” on Friday, Oct. 18 beginning at 5 p.m. The APL, a local group of dedicated people making second chances for unwanted animals, teamed with Hoosier Park Racing & Casino to raise awareness and funds to increase the care and adoption of animals in need.

 

The APL, located in Anderson, protects and saves abused and neglected animals of all kinds. From dogs and cats to horses and exotic animals, the APL finds new, supportive homes for the surrendered and abandoned.

 

“As a strong advocate of the APL, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino understands the sacred trust animals place in their human caretakers. Each year thousands of racehorses pass through the stalls of our racetrack and we go to great lengths to make sure they receive the utmost care and protection available,” said Rick Moore, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino’s vice president and general manager of racing.

 

Racing fans are encouraged to pick up a free APL Savings Booklet at Trackside Club Centaur Rewards. The booklet features Hoosier Park’s All-Star Drivers and pictures of local pets in need. The All-Star drivers, many of whom own and train their racehorses, are working as a team to support the APL.

 

Guests can also take advantage of more than $100 in great community cash offers, dining discounts, and more located in the back of the booklet. All Hoosier Park guests donating $10 to the APL through the Club Centaur Rewards desk will receive $10 in free slot play.

 

Andy Shetler, a member of Hoosier Park’s All-Star driver program, supports the Animal Protection League through fundraising efforts throughout the racing season. In addition to his charitable contributions, Shetler volunteered to donate a percentage of his driver earnings on Friday to the APL.

 

A pet parade in the front side paddock will take place Friday evening and feature animals available for adoption. Guests can also enjoy live racing, animal-lover activities, games, and prizes throughout the evening.

 

Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, October 18 at its’ regularly scheduled post time of 5:30 p.m. The 160 day, all harness racing meet will follow a Tuesday-Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 9.

Captaintreacherous Returns to Indiana for Monument Circle

Captaintreacherous added to his list of accomplishments when he won the Breeders Crown on Oct. 19, but his work is not finished.

 

The 3-year-old colt pacer heads to Hoosier Park on Friday night to face a field of nine foes in the $252,000 Monument Circle. The race is part of a stakes-filled card that also includes the $286,500 Carl Erskine for 3-year-old trotters and the $223,500 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby for older pacers.

 

Captaintreacherous, who has won 12 of 13 races this year and $1.87 million, is the 4-5 morning line favorite in the Monument Circle. He starts from post two for driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Tony Alagna.

 

Following the Monument Circle, if all goes well, Captaintreacherous will visit Balmoral Park for the American-National Stakes on Nov. 9 and then possibly challenge older rivals in the TVG Free for All Series final on Nov. 30 at the Meadowlands Racetrack.

 

“That’s the schedule, but we’re taking it one race at a time,” Alagna said. “If everything goes well, and he ships home good, we’ll decide what to do with that (TVG) race.
“Everything is in good shape right now. He had a light week after the Breeders Crown and then we trained him up and he headed to Chicago on Tuesday.”

 

Captaintreacherous won the $500,000 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male pacers 12 days ago at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs by a neck over Sunshine Beach. It was his sixth consecutive victory since losing by a nose to Sunshine Beach in the $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine at Pocono Downs.

 

By winning the Breeders Crown, Captaintreacherous joined Gallo Blue Chip and Rocknroll Hanover as the only horses to win the Crown, North America Cup and Meadowlands Pace in the same year.

 

Last season, Captaintreacherous finished third in the Breeders Crown. It was his final start of a campaign in which he won eight of 10 races and was named Pacer of the Year.

 

“To get the Breeders Crown was nice for him, especially because he wasn’t able to win at (age) 2,” Alagna said. “That was a tough loss for us at the end of the year. It was nice to see him put together two incredible performances in this year’s Breeders Crown (elimination and final).”

 

Captaintreacherous’ other wins this year include the Max C. Hempt Memorial, Cane Pace and a division of the Tattersalls Pace. He also won a $52,000 invitational for 3-year-old pacers at Hoosier Park on Sept. 21.

“That was probably the most pressure I felt all year because he was supposed to go out there and win,” Alagna said. “But with every start there is some kind of pressure. It’s a good pressure, though.”

 

Captaintreacherous is the No. 2-ranked horse in the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Top 10, behind 3-year-old filly trotter Bee A Magician.

 

The Monument Circle includes two other horses that competed in the Breeders Crown: Beach Memories, who was fourth, and Apprentice Hanover, who finished sixth.

 

Following is the field in post position order with listed drivers and trainers: 1. Up Up And Out, Marcus Miller, Erv Miller; 2. Captaintreacherous, Tim Tetrick, Tony Alagna; 3. Emeritus Maximus, Doug McNair, Alagna; 4. Dedi’s Dragon, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 5. Apprentice Hanover, Jody Jamieson, Ben Wallace; 6. That Friske Feelin, Brett Miller, Burke; 7. The Pan Poobah, Ricky Macomber Jr., Burke; 8. Fool Me Once, Ron Pierce, Mark Austin; 9. Our Dragon King, Peter Wrenn, Dirk Simpson; 10. Beach Memories, David Miller, Brian Brown.

Note: Beach Memories starts from the second tier.

Speed Trap Shatters Hoosier Park Track Record in Stakes Action

Speed Trap Becomes Hoosier Park’s Fastest Two-Year-Old Pacer Ever

 

ANDERSON, Ind.—October 1, 2013—Speed Trap, with Sam Widger at the lines, shattered the track record for two-year-old pacing geldings when he powered home a winner in 1:50.4 in the featured event, the second round of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, October 1. Notching his fifth win of the season, Speed Trap bested his lifetime mark by nearly four seconds and became the fastest pacing colt in Indiana Sire Stakes history with the 1:50.4 score.

In just the seventh start of his freshman campaign, Speed Trap defeated a field of seven to lower the track record by nearly two seconds. The previous record of 1:52 for two-year-old pacing geldings was established by Bluehourpower and Ricky Macomber Jr. in the $200,000 Indiana Sire Stakes final on September 11. The 1:50.4 victory also marked the twentieth track record that has been re-established over Hoosier Park’s seven-eighths mile oval in 2013.

Leaving from post two, Speed Trap was unhurried from the gate as Next Thing Smoke’N and Tyler Smith left alertly from the rail to get the first call in :26. Always At My Place and Jason Dillander battled early for position and settled for a pocket trip while Totally Kissed and Brad Hanners followed suit along the rail in third.

Next Thing Smoke’N continued to dictate fractions of :54.3 and remained uncontested through the three-quarter station in 1:22.4. Always At My Place was head strong in second and was tipped to the outside as the field turned for home with Always B Miki and Ed Hensley in tow.  While the battle on the front ensued, Speed Trap loomed large in the background.

Utilizing his customary late charge in the lane, Speed Trap was able to find racing room late in the stretch and power home in :26.3 to win by a length.  Always B Miki battled gamely to finish second while Sling Shot Shooter and Trace Tetrick finished third. Slightly dismissed at 8-1, Speed Trap returned $19.00 to his backers at the window.

Trained, owned, and bred by Stanley Miller, Speed Trap has now won five of seven lifetime starts while finishing second twice. From the first crop of United Ace, Speed Trap sports a lifetime bankroll of $47,675.

“He was a little small at the start of the season so I backed him off for 30 days,” Miller noted after the race. “I always knew he was a nice colt, but I didn’t know he had that kind of speed in him. I just hope he stays this good for the rest of the season. He has been a pleasure to race.”

Speed Trap will look to make his next start in the third leg of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes slated for Wednesday, October 9 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings will culminate with a $200,000 final on Saturday, October 19 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino.

Live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m. The 160-day, all harness racing meet began on April 2 and will conclude on November 9.

Itrustyou Romps to a 1:48.3 Score in Hoosier Feature

Nineteenth Track Record Lowered at Hoosier Park

 

ANDERSON, Ind.—September 28, 2013—Itrustyou, with Ricky Macomber Jr., at the lines converted a pocket trip in to an impressive 1:48.3 track record performance in the featured event, a $32,000 Invitational pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, September 28. The five-year-old gelding defeated a field of nine to score his fifth win of the season and best his lifetime mark by nearly two seconds. The previous track record of 1:49 for older pacing geldings was established by Green River Gorge and Rick Schaut in 2008.

The 1:48.3 score was just two-tenths of a second off the overall track record of 1:48.1, a mark set by Shark Gesture in the 2010 edition of the Dan Patch. Itrustyou’s track record performance marks the nineteenth track record that has been lowered over Hoosier Park’s seven-eighths mile oval throughout the 2013 racing season.

Leaving from post five, Itrustyou was hustled off the gate to grab early position and reach the first quarter clocking in :26.3. Thebestofjoel and Ed Hensley also left the gate alertly and were able to find a position along the rail in third with Jammin Joshua and Sam Widger next in line in fourth.

Itrustyou yielded the front down the backside to a hard charging Jammin Joshua who found the front at the half mile mark in :54.2. The field remained in single file line as the tempo continued to quicken through the three-quarter mark in 1:21.2 with Mykindachip and Jason Dillander leading the first-over charge. Mykindachip was able to put a nose in front of the leader but was no match for Itrustyou who exploded from the pocket down the stretch.

Using a :27 final panel, Itrustyou powered home to finish two lengths in front of Ideal Choice and Trace Tetrick. Mykindachip battled gamely to round out the trifecta. As the heavy betting favorite, Itrustyou returned $4.00 to his backers at the window.

Trained by Hoosier Park’s leading trainer, Ron Burke, Itrustyou scored his fifth win of the season and sent his seasonal bankroll over the $100,000 mark with the win. Sired by Third Straight, Itrustyou has won 29 of 78 career starts and sports a lifetime bankroll of $496,756. Itrustyou is owned Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and Rtc Stables.

Dillander Driving to Donate $10,000 to Charity

Hoosier Park Hosts Charity Challenge Weekend

JASON DILLANDER AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY RACE 9-27With Hoosier Park’s All-Star drivers leading the way, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino played host to the first-ever Charity Challenge weekend on Friday, September 27. Highlighting the 14-race card was the evening’s sixth race, a 12-horse field that featured all 12 of the All-Star drivers who were driving on behalf of local charities.

Jason Dillander stole the show as he drove Dontgetbyme to the winner’s circle and not only took home the lion’s share of the $10,000 purse but won $1,000 for his charity, the American Cancer Society. Trained by Paul Ruhl, Dontgetbyme charged home from off the pace to score his eleventh consecutive victory of the season in 1:53.2.

With the victory, Dillander now has the opportunity to raise an additional $10,000 for his charity if he wins the sixth race on the 14-race card slated for Saturday, September 28 at Hoosier Park. All 12 drivers will return for their chance to win $1,000 for their respective charities, but Dillander is the only driver that has the chance to win an additional $10,000 for his charity compliments of Hoosier Park Racing & Casino as part of the Charity Challenge weekend.

Dillander has been enlisted to drive Kung Fu Jolt from post seven in the 12-horse field. Kung Fu Jolt has been tabbed 8-1 on the morning line odds and will look to score his third win of the season for trainer, Walter Haynes Jr.

After losing his father to lung cancer, Dillander put his efforts into raising funds for the American Cancer Society in honor of his late father, Charlie.

“Representing an organization that is not only close to me but my family is an honor,” Dillander said after the race. “This organization has changed so many lives, and knowing that I have the chance to help that mission by racing here this season is something that I really enjoy. Hoosier Park has done a great job of involving the charities, and I’m just glad that I get to be a part of it.”

Racing fans will have the opportunity to get in on the action by visiting Club Centaur and selecting the All-Star driver of their choice to receive an entry to place intro your favorite All-Star Standardbred Driver’s charity box. At the end of the charity race, the names of three lucky winners will be selected from the race winner’s charity box to win up to $250 in free race wagers. Fans will also have the opportunity to donate $5 to a charity of choice and receive $5 in free slot play. The entire evening will be culminated by a free fireworks presentation after the last race.

Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday – Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m. The 160-day, all harness-racing meet began on April 2 and will continue through November 9.

Hoosier Park to Host Charity Challenge Weekend

Hoosier Park’s All- Star Drivers Racing for Charity

Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will host two big nights of racing, family activities, and free fireworks, all for charity on Friday, Sept. 27 and Saturday, Sept. 28. The All-Star Standardbred drivers will be the stars of the show as they go head to head in two pari-mutuel races for their chance to win $5,000 for their respective charities.

Racing fans will have the opportunity to visit Club Centaur and select the All-Star driver of their choice to receive an entry to place intro your favorite All-Star Standardbred Driver’s charity box. At the end of each charity race, the names of three lucky winners will be selected from the race winner’s charity box to win up to $250 in free race wagers. Fans will also have the opportunity to donate $5 to a charity of choice and receive $5 in free slot play.

In addition to the $5,000 in total purse money offered, if the same driver finds themselves in the Winner’s Circle for both celebrity races a total of $10,000 will be donated to the driver’s charity compliments of Hoosier Park Racing & Casino.

The charities and drivers this season are as follows:

Joe Putnam  —  Outfitters, Inc.

Ricky Macomber, JR.  —  Indiana School for the Deaf

Jason Dillander  —  American Cancer Society

Mike Peterson  —  Shriners Hospital for Children

Trace Tetrick  —  D.A.R.E

Trent Stohler  —   St. John’s Children’s Clinic

Brandon Bates  —  Second Harvest Food Bank

Brooke Nickells  —  Indiana Coalition vs. Domestic Violence

Ed Hensley  —  Alternatives, Inc.

Tyler Smith   —  New Vocations Racehorse Adaption

Peter Wrenn  —  St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital

Andy Shetler  —  Animal Protection Program

Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday – Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m. The 160-day, all harness-racing meet began on April 2 and will continue through November 9.

Natural Herbie Repeats in Gold Sire Stakes

 

 

NATURAL HERBIE ISSGL 8-30Three-Year-Old Trotting Colts Highlight Hoosier Park Card

 

ANDERSON, Ind.—August 30, 2013—Natural Herbie continued his winning ways in the featured event, the fourth and final round of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, August 30. Notching his seventh win of the season and third stakes win from four preliminary legs, the reigning freshman Indiana Sire Stakes champion turned in a gutsy performance to win in 1:55.3 for trainer, driver Verlin Yoder.

Leaving from post three in the eleven horse field, Natural Herbie was handed no favors from the onset and was parked through the first quarter clocking while the battle for early position ensued.  Ray Hall and Pete Wrenn won the first battle and led the field through early fractions of :28.1 and :57.2. Unable to find a position along the rail, Natural Herbie pressed on for the lead and was applying pressure to outside of the top pair down the backside with Super Rock and Charlie Conrad hot on their heels second over.  Ray Hall continued to call the shots through the three-quarter clocking in 1:26.1 as the rest of the field closed in.

Natural Herbie inherited the lead after a costly break by Ray Hall mid-way through the stretch and was able to hold off a late charge from Red Hot Herbie and Brandon Bates to score the win by a head. Red Hot Herbie used a late closing kick to finish second while Super Rock battled gamely to round out the trifecta. As the heavy betting favorite, Natural Herbie returned $3.40 to his backers at the window.

 After a sensational two-year-old campaign, Natural Herbie has posted an even better sophomore season. Sired by Here Comes Herbie, the black gelding has now won seven of 11 seasonal starts while bankrolling over $150,000 for owner, trainer, driver Verlin Yoder. Sporting a career bankroll of over $290,000, Natural Herbie has hit the board in 15 of 21 lifetime outings. Natural Herbie will head the field of entrants in the $200,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes final for three-year-old colt and gelding trotters slated for September 11 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino.

 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes action continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, August 31 with a pair of $30,000 divisions for two-year-old colt and gelding trotters. On Saturday, August 31, Hoosier Park will also host The Beach Boys live in concert to culminate the Summer Concert Music Series at the Anderson, IN track. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m.

About Centaur Gaming: Founded in 1993, Indianapolis-based Centaur Gaming’s mission is to bring the entertainment and economic benefits of casino gaming and horse racing to communities across Indiana. Centaur, a privately held Indiana owned and managed company, employs more than 2,000 Indiana residents through the award-winning entertainment destinations of Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in Anderson, Ind. and Indiana Grand Racing & Casino and Indiana Downs in Shelbyville, Ind. In addition to the two racetrack and casino properties, Centaur’s operations extend to nearly every corner of the state with Hoosier Park’s Winner’s Circle Pub, Grille & OTB in Indianapolis and Off-Track Betting facilities in Clarksville, Fort Wayne and Merrillville, Ind.

 

 

Photo: Natural Herbie and Verlin Yoder. Photo Courtesy of Linscott Photography.

 

Hoosier Park Announces Second Purse Increase of 2013

In the 20th season of live Standardbred racing, Hoosier Park continues to produce encouraging gains on all fronts. With the continuing success of the first-ever, all harness racing meet, Hoosier Park has announced purses will reflect a 20 percent increase, effective Friday, August 23. This 20 percent increase is the second purse increase implemented this season and will be felt most noticeably throughout the upper and middle classes on the condition sheet.

With a renewed focus on fresh marketing efforts, facility enhancements, specialty wagers, and an increase in overall quality of racing, through the first 100 days of the meet at Hoosier Park, all-sources wagering has shown an increase of 25% over the previous years’ figures.

“We couldn’t be more pleased with the first 100 days of our live racing meet,” Hoosier Park’s vice president and general manager of racing Rick Moore noted. “We want to thank all our partners, most notably the horsemen and racing fans throughout the country that have contributed to our successes to date.”

Earlier in the year, the Indiana Horse Racing Commission approved a new racing format described as one breed, one track. Hoosier Park was named Indiana’s sole harness racing track while Indiana Grand Casino and Downs plays host to all the thoroughbred action.

Originally designed as an all Standardbred track, this change to all Standardbred racing has allowed Hoosier Park to devote all of its energies in making the Anderson, Indiana track a world-class Standardbred racing operation.

“The horsemen have done an outstanding job of providing us with a great racing product,” Moore continued. “The continuing improvement of the quality of horses racing at Hoosier Park combined with full, competitive fields has offered remarkable value to horseplayers and the bettors have shown up in full force with the domino result of handle increases and purse increases. All of these factors make it possible for us to proudly announce this purse increase.”

The racing action continues to heat up on the track as the 2013 crop of state-breds recently opened their Indiana Gold Sire Stakes series in impressive fashion. Hoosier Park will play host to the second of three, million dollar nights this season on Wednesday, September 11 with the $200,000 Indiana Sire Stakes finals for two and three-year-olds.

Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino kicked off on April 2 and will continue through November 9. Following a Tuesday-Saturday schedule, the 160-day, all harness racing meet will have a daily post time of 5:30 p.m.

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